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MSNBC’s Morning Joe Invites Anti-Gay Pastor Tim Keller On To Hawk His “Traditional” Marriage Book

This morning on Morning Joe on MSNBC,  the Rev. Tim Keller discuss his new book “The Meaning of Marriage,”

While the conversation was kept low keyed the message was was clear from Keller that marriage is only between a man and a women and the Morning Joe crew did not further the debate or for that matter explain that despite Keller’s mild mannered appearance Keller is a man with an “ex-gay ministry” past and “anti-gay” connections.  Prior to coming to New York City in 1989 to build his church, Keller lived in Philadelphia, and for four years there he was the board chair of Harvest USA, an ex-gay ministry that still operates in that city.

 Keller has also been quoted in the past as saying that ““Homosexuality is not God’s original design for sexuality:”  But still MSNBC had him on to hawk his book and discuss marriage.

MSNBC is one of the worst offenders in news media outlets when it comes sensationalism though personalities, stooping to get rating by hiring the likes of Pat Buchannan and Tony Perkins of the AFA as paid commentators. 

MSNBC’s motto is “Lean Forward”.  And thats what we all should be doing.  Leaning forward and grabbing the television remote to turn MSNBC off. 

Sorry Rachel Maddow. – Many thanks to BernheimKY on Twitter for the Tip



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6 thoughts on “MSNBC’s Morning Joe Invites Anti-Gay Pastor Tim Keller On To Hawk His “Traditional” Marriage Book”

  1. I thought the interview was interesting. I could tell that it was from a fundie vantage point. I noticed that Willie tried to engage the author on the same sex point and it was brought up that it was the author’s opinion that opposite genders are best for raising kids but sidestepped the more polarizing political side of it. For what it was the book seemed interesting Ala a Rick Warren Purpose-Driven Life sort of way. Highly fundie innature but good principles taken for what it is — valueing marriage and long term relationships over more short term fleeting affairs.

    1. Is someone who’s nuanced ledss dangerous than someone who is fanatical? Or are they more so because more people will listen to them and mighht be swayed? Just because he’s soft-spoken does not make him less dangerous.

  2. This post assumes that no news networks should allow anyone to speak unless they agree that marriage can be between people of the same sex. Keller articulately addressed the question he was given and explained why he does not believe gay marriage is God’s design for humanity. People are allowed to have conflicting points of view without being hateful. You are actually being incredibly hypocritical in this post by assuming that Keller is “anti gay:” a phrase that is in itself sensational, ambiguous, and presumptuous given that a Christian can disagree with a homosexual lifestyle without being incredibly political about it and putting forceful emphasis upon it. Bottom line: not everyone has the same worldview. It’s better to try to understand where people are coming from instead of assuming they are a certain way because others have been in the past. It’s not as if you share all the same characteristics, attitudes, and opinions of another gay person just because you are gay (I don’t know if you are gay, I just meant it as a hypothetical).

    1. Actually I am not “assuming” Keller is anti-gay. Thats his proven history.

      The point of the story is that MSNBC in full disclosure should have informed the audience of Keller’s background.

      1. I think an important part of Keller’s background is that his younger brother was gay and died of AIDS, and Keller was there caring for him until his death. He has a differing opinion, but is not attacking being gay as (in his mind) worse than any other sin in God’s eyes.

What do you think?